At 25, Shatabdi Remains Relevant Sans Its Romance


At 25, Shatabdi Remains Relevant Sans Its Romance

In the summer of 1994, 5-year-old Arun Pandian would hurriedly get off the train on platform number seven at the Bengaluru station, and watch the Shatabdi Express’ electric engine get replaced by a diesel one in a matter of 10 minutes. Going to Mysuru from Chennai (then Madras), on the iconic train – then the first Shatabdi in south India that ran non-stop till Bengaluru – was akin to a flight ride. It boasted of great food and executive service that made it an exciting experience.

Today, as the Shatabdi Express turns 25, the absence of an engine change-over at Bengaluru is not the only change it has gone through. It was a prestigious train, recall old-timers, chosen even by several foreigners to the tourist destination of Mysuru. Read more

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